At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.


This half term we are continuing with the theme of ‘Identity and ‘Diversity’ by exploring our families. We will be talking about family members within our own family and saying how they might be the same or different to others. The children will be looking at the different roles and responsibilities within the family and exploring how different cultures celebrate and eat different food through discussions and tasting sessions. We will also be looking at how some families may have more or less than others and will be visiting a local supermarket to buy food for families less fortunate than us. 

Science: This half term we will be looking at how the seasons change and what the children notice as we move from Autumn into Winter through our indoor and outdoor provision. We will also be exploring concepts such as floating and sinking in the water area.

Maths: Maths activities this half term will continue to focus on counting and number recognition to 10, and matching a number to an amount using props, objects and Numicon. We will also be looking at money and setting up a mini shop linked to our trip to the supermarket. Towards the end of the term we will be exploring length using key words such as ‘tall’, ‘long’ and ‘short’ and repeating patterns. 

Art: As part of the theme of identity and diversity, we will be creating our own family tree using photos provided from home. The children will also be drawing their family members and making their own houses for their families to go in using a variety of materials.  

RE: In line with our theme of Identity and Diversity, we will look at how people show their faiths and the ceremonies conducted to welcome children into their religions. Religious festivals and celebrations such as Diwali and Christmas will be discussed during carpet sessions and implemented into the home corner. 

UTW/ Role play area: This half term the children will be able to take on the role of doctor or patient in our doctor’s surgery, complete with a full size skeleton! The home corner will also be enhanced with a more cultural theme, using things such as chopsticks and recipes. This is a great opportunity to practice their communication and language skills to reflect their own experiences.

Parents and carers can support their children’s learning at home through daily reading. This will enable children to further develop their vocabulary and communication skills. We will be continuing our ‘Parent Reading Morning' every Thursday morning; you are very welcome to come into Nursery and spend some time at the start of the day reading with your child each week. 

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.



This term, Reception will be continuing their focus of identity and diversity as they explore the wider world in Oliver Jeffer’s book ‘Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.’ The book is about a father speaking to his new born child about how to live on planet Earth and how to show it, and everything that lives there, respect.Through our topic, the children will begin to understand the wider world, their place in it and how to begin to use kindness and respect in order to protect and live on Earth.

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will be thinking about how we can build begin to protect planet Earth and our homes, and the small steps we can take to ensure we are being respectful. They will decide the best rules for living on planet Earth, and create promises to themselves for how they will treat their home.

Science: In Reception, the children’s Science learning is through the area of Understanding the World. We will be discussing changes in the seasons and what this looks and feels like, and we will be using a variety of technology to record our learning, such as iPads, recording equipment and talking tins. We will even learn how to programme a computer using basic algorithms through the use of beebots.

Maths: Maths activities this half term will focus on place value, addition and subtraction. We will be ensuring the children have a deep understanding of shape and size through a series of sorting activities, where we compare numbers, size and different objects to assess whether they have the same value or are different. 

PE: The children’s physical skills are developed daily in the outdoor provision, with accessibility to climbing frames, bikes and scooters, and other activities to enhance their gross and fine motor skills.

Music: Children will begin music lessons once a week where they will learn a variety of nursery rhymes, and gain the confidence to sing a range of songs, in a variety of ways.

Art: As part of the theme of identity and diversity, the children will be using the core text to inspire drawings of the different landscapes and animals they want to protect

RE: In line of our theme of Identity and Diversity, we will look at how people show their faiths and the ceremonies conducted to welcome children into their religions. Throughout the term, children will listen to stories and take part in activities related to the wide range of religions in class.

RSE: Children will begin their relationships education lessons this half term. They will begin by exploring their rights as a child, and creating ground rules for carpet sessions, before discussing their feelings, how their actions can affect others, and who to go to when they need help.

Continuous Provision: Our indoor and outdoor continuous provision is tailored to the needs and interests of the children. Each station is designed to inspire in-depth learning through play, where children are free to enhance and develop their learning and skills as they wish.

Enjoying books with your child will help to develop their learning in phonics as well as communication and language skills, so please do try and read regularly with your child. We will be continuing our ‘Parent Reading Morning’ every Thursday, which is an opportunity to come in to Reception and read with your child.

Please click here to view the Reception Termly Overview for Autumn

Please click here to view the Reception Termly Overview for Spring

Please click here to view the Reception Termly Overview for Summer


Please click here to view our EYFS plan for 2019/2020

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